1,134 homeless pets find families at BVSPCA MEGA adoption event

Inspiring. Incredible. Amazing. The words just aren’t enough. This past weekend more than 7000 people came out to support deserving pets in need of a second chance at a forever family. And 1134 pets went home as a result.

Each animal has its own backstory, some we know and some we’re probably relieved they can’t tell us. What we do know is all of those changed forever when they met their forever families at the Mega Adoption Event.

Whitaker arrived early this year through the BVSPCA Second Chance program, which helps animals at risk in other shelters. Whitaker was on the shelter’s urgent list, and he was almost completely bald from a non-contagious skin condition. Whitaker didn’t let any of that get him down. He embraced every day with joy, and our volunteers and staff immediately fell in love with him. Then he met his forever family on Saturday, and our dreams for Whitaker came true. Now Meatball, he enjoys running in his yard with his dog-sister Zivs and going to the park his people, who love him to bits.

Layla arrived to our New Castle shelter as a local stray. Hard to believe no one came to claim this sweet senior. Thanks to the Mega adoption event, a kind senior person chose Layla as her companion to share their golden years. The adopter’s daughter updated us:
“Today my mom brought home a new companion! Layla is a 12 year old Cocker Spaniel mix that has my mama’s heart. Thank you Brandywine Valley SPCA for bringing two ‘seasoned’ ladies together!”

Ivy came to us from a local shelter overcrowded with adult cats. Summertime’s kittens make it so difficult for adults to stand out, but this father/daughter pair specifically came to the event to save an adult to live as the sparkle in this gentleman’s eye. It was truly a special Father’s Day for this family, and especially Ivy.
These and the others lives saved were possible thanks to you in the community – those of you who adopted, those of you who volunteer, those of you who have a full house so helped spread the word, and those of you who donate. Thank you for your being there for these animals who needed us all working together!

About the Brandywine Valley SPCA

Founded in 1929, the Brandywine Valley SPCA is the first open admission shelter in Pennsylvania to achieve No Kill status and serves as the only open admission shelter in both Chester and Delaware Counties. In 2015, the BVSPCA opened its first Animal Health Center in Malvern, Pennsylvania, making veterinary care more accessible to local residents. In 2016, the BVSPCA took on a five-year contract with the Delaware Office of Animal Welfare to provide state-wide animal services, and expanded its reach further into the tri-state area by opening both a second shelter and a second Animal Health Center in New Castle County, Delaware. Shortly after, a PetSmart Everyday Adoption Center was opened in Dover, Delaware. Its mission is to put the “human” back in humane animal treatment and to advocate on their behalf. Each year, the BVSPCA cares for more than 10,000 stray, owner-surrendered, wayward owned, and abused and neglected animals. For more information, please visit

About the Petco Foundation

At the Petco Foundation, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life. Since 1999, we’ve invested more than $185 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. With our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, we inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives. Through our Think Adoption First program, we partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions. So far, we’ve helped more than 5 million pets find their new loving families, and we’re just getting started. Visit to learn more about how you can get involved.

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